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Farewell My Concubine is a strikingly beautiful tale about love and betrayal of not only individuals but also a country and its culture The story spans fifty years as Chinas turbulent history is the counterpart and contributing factor to the relationships between two young opera stars and a prostitute who changes her life and gets herself involved in a complicated triangle of love and betrayal The times of the Cultural Revolution in China puts pressure on the opera stars and of course forces them to abandon their one and only passion acting Douzi one of the famous actors to-be has a hard time adjusting to school life after his mother who couldnt afford to keep him anymore abandons him at the acting academy The tough tyrant of the academy Master Guan and the other boys ridicule Douzi because of his prostitute mother He does however find comfort with a tough yet kind student Shitou This is the beginning of a special and very close relationship that both Douzi and Shitou will endure for the rest of their careers as actors and life In the Beijing Opera actors are trained in certain types of roles in which they specialize for life Douzi with a natural feminine beauty is trained for female roles while Shitou is given masculine military parts Douzi however has difficulty accepting his role as a woman but eventually does so for he does not want to disappoint his fellow students Douzi a confused pained and jealous man who cannot distinguish between male or female reality and dream He is doomed to fail the one thing he wants Duans love His movements both on-and offstage are careful and precise much like a womans At times in fact it is hard to believe he is a man Both boys go through many years of hardship and torturous beatings at the academy but they so badly wanted to be great well-known actors they
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